6 Family-Friendly Things To Do on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta

There are lots of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids in Atlanta. I love the idea of making New Year’s Eve a family friendly holiday, so the kids can join in on the fun!

If you’d like to do something with the kids this New Year’s Eve, here are some things to do on New Year’s Eve with kids in Atlanta, GA.

We will keep updating this post with new information and virtual events.

6 Family-Friendly Things To Do on New Year's Eve in Atlanta

New Year’s Eve at Great Wolf Lodge (In Person and Virtual)

150 Tom Hall Parkway | LaGrange | 844.473.9653

Great Wolf Lodge is ringing in 2021 with fun-filled, physically distanced New Year’s Eve options for guests at the resorts, as well as virtually for families to enjoy at home.

At the resorts, guests will be able to participate in a virtual countdown to 2021 from the comfort of their rooms! Filled with music, dancing, character appearances and fun interactive elements, the in-room celebration will kick-off at 11:55 p.m. Each guest suite will include complimentary 2021-branded hats, beads, crowns and other party favors to help families get into the New Year spirit.

Character appearances and to-go craft kits will also be available at the resort.

For those staying closer to home this holiday season, Great Wolf Lodge has activities and recipes for your own Glow in the Dark party at home!

Stone Mountain Park Early Celebration

Stone Mountain Park | 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain | 770.498.5690

Discount Tickets: Save up to 42% off single day tickets to Stone Mountain Christmas.

Because kids are just as excited to ring in the New Year as their parents, but need to be in bed before midnight, Stone Mountain Park is set to host an early New Year’s Eve Celebration.

During Stone Mountain Christmas holiday celebrations on Dec. 31., Stone Mountain Park will operate the Christmas event as usual (2 – 9 p.m.) and ring in the New Year with additional fireworks, snowfall and early countdown. Immediately after the Snow Angel Snowfall and Fireworks Finale, the New Year’s Eve activities will begin with costumed characters, music and dance-a-longs.

At 8:59 p.m. the early countdown will begin, and when the clock strikes 9 p.m. — snow and fireworks will usher in the New Year.

New Year’s Bubble Bash at the Children’s Museum

Children’s Museum of Atlanta | 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW | Atlanta | 404.527.3693

Join the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for a special kid-friendly New Year’s countdown!

You’ll laugh, dance, play games, and more. Enjoy music from their DJ, make your own noisemakers and party hats, DIY some bubble solution, and ring in the new year with our yearly bubble-wrap-popping tradition!

As with all of their sessions, Bubble Bash will be limited-capacity play sessions, allowing for social-distancing and cleaning between each session. They require masks to be worn on all guests over the age of 5 throughout each session.

Two-hour sessions are available at 9:30, 12:30, and 3:30.

Zip lining at Historic Banning Mills

Historic Banning Mills | 205 Horseshoe Dam Road | Whitesburg | 770.834.9149

Zip into the new year with some fun in the trees on the zipline courses at Historic Banning Mills.

Holding two Guinness Book of World Records for the Tallest Freestanding Climbing Wall, and for the Longest Continuous Zip-Wire (line) course, Banning Mills is the perfect location to spend an exhilarating weekend away testing limits and overcoming fears.

The Quick Trekker Belay system, which is the new and improved safety equipment used at Historic Banning Mills, creates an extremely safe experience. This system allows the hooks to slide around the cable so guests never have to worry about unhooking and can maximize time on the course.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

241 Depot Street |  Blue Ridge

All aboard for 2021!  Spend the last day of 2020 aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway with the whole family!

Bundle up and sip on a cup of hot chocolate as the train calmly rolls along the Toccoa River and through the scenic Appalachian foothills.  The kids will just love it!

New Year’s Eve at The Battery

The Battery ATL | 800 Battery Ave SE #130 |  Atlanta

Say goodbye to 2020 and hello to a brighter 2021 at the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at The Battery Atlanta.

The community is invited to pop the bubbly at multiple safety-focused celebratory events happening throughout the Southeast’s premier entertainment destination. Select restaurant and bars – including CRÚ Food & Wine BarLive! at the Battery AtlantaPark BenchPunch Bowl Social and El Super Pan, as well as luxury Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta – are hosting limited capacity, advanced reservation events.

The 12South Band and DJ Jammin’ John will keep the mood festive in the Plaza starting at 9 p.m., culminating with an aerial firework display over Truist Park at midnight. Parking is free in the public decks (Red, Purple and Green) starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 until 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1.

Some New Year’s Eve Fun Facts

  • 360+ Million – Number of glasses of sparkling wine consumed on New Year’s Eve.
  • 11,875 Pounds – Weight of the Times Square Ball, which is covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles.
  • 20 Percent – Share of all charitable donations made in the final 48 hours of the year.
  • $10,000 – Average cost of a DUI.

6 Family-Friendly Things To Do on New Year's Eve in Atlanta
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